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New York state Health Officials say this sileage defacer killed an 18-year-old farm worker in a work accident in 2005 (Photo:  NYS Department of Health)
New York state Health Officials say this sileage defacer killed an 18-year-old farm worker in a work accident in 2005 (Photo: NYS Department of Health)

War of words escalates over farm safety for kids

Farmers and members of Congress are pushing back hard against a plan by the Obama administration's to impose new safety rules on farms that employ children.

Critics say the proposed regulations would limit the ability of farm families to employ their own kids and could threaten a traditional way of life in rural America.

But supporters of the new rules say far too many teenagers are suffering serious injuries or dying on farms.

And they say many of the teenagers who work on farms in the US are hourly workers, with no family ties to the farmers who hire them.

As Brian Mann reports, this is a political fight that could reshape the way Americans think about farms and farm work.  Go to full article

Reproductive rights advocates look to Cuomo to help pass bill

Pro-choice advocates promoting the women's reproductive health act say they are counting on Governor Andrew Cuomo to help the bill become law this year. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Topless photos prompt suit from Jefferson County sheriff's deputy

A female sheriff's deputy in Jefferson County reportedly filed a $50 million state Supreme Court lawsuit against the department, its leadership and a detective Monday.

She claims a male detective took topless photos of her, saying they were for use in an online pedophile investigation. The suit claims the deputy never learned how the photos were used and the detective failed to return them when she asked for them. Joanna Richards has more.  Go to full article

Forest fire near prison in Washington County

State officials say a forest and brush fire scorched six acres of state land in the Washington County hamlet of Comstock, near the Washington Correctional Facility.
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Hydrilla. Photo: Purdue Extension

NY boaters asked to help prevent spread of invasive water plant

Hydrilla is one of the most aggressive, invasive water plants. Its long, trailing stems form thick mats that prevent native water vegetation and fish from getting enough...  Go to full article
Eric and Susan Olsen celebrate his homecoming from Iraq. NCPR file photo

The Road from 9/11: How the war on terror changed one North Country family

One of the uncomfortable truths about the terror attacks on 9/11 is that some families have carried a far greater burden during the months and years that followed. The Olsen...  Go to full article